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Aiken Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

I would like to thank the Aiken PFO for putting together a wonderful “Aiken Family Fun Night- Aiken’s Adventures.” Our students had their passports stamped after participating in 5 interactive and hands-on stations and it was a great event for our school community. Thank you to all involved, and thank you all for coming last week!

Our next Aiken PFO event will be Valentine's Family Dance on Friday February 7th from 6:30-8:00. The PFO will accept donations at the door for the American Heart Association to support Mrs. Watenpool’s “Kid’s Heart Challenge” also through the AHA.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Battle of the Books and this year's event is open to both 4th & 5th grade students! Get all of the details for this year's friendly competition on the Battle of the Books website.

Aiken will be hosting our 3rd Annual Career Day on June 1, 2020. If you are interested in sharing your career with our students, please see the attached letter (a hard copy should be in your child’s folder today) and reach out to Mr. Lawhead at

Aiken Career Day 2020.pdf

With flu season upon us, we are seeing an increased number of students with different sicknesses. Our nursing staff wanted to remind our Aiken families of a few guidelines from the KOSD Health Services to help avoid exposing other children to possibly contagious illnesses:

  • Children with a temperature above 100 degrees must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school (without medication).
  • If a child vomits or has diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school, that child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode.
  • If they have red swollen eyes that itch, have purulent drainage, or have a crusty appearance upon awakening, they should be kept home and see a doctor.
  • If they have a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication they should stay home.
  •  As a reminder, please remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water.

As always, you can stay up to date with everything happening at Aiken by “liking” the Fred L. Aiken Elementary School Facebook page KOAikenElementary or following me on Twitter at @KOAikenElemMrT.

Also, here are the Calendar of Events & School Lunch Menu for February: 

February Calendar of Events.pdf
KOSD Feb 20 ES Lunch.pdf

Have a SUPER weekend...enjoy the big game,

Mr. Thomas

Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

100th Day of School
Thursday, February 6

Family Valentine's Day Dance
Friday, February 7

Aiken PFO Meeting
Thursday, February 12  |  6:30 p.m.  |  Aiken Library

Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14
Aiken students are dismissed at 11:35 a.m.

School IN Session
Monday, February 17

Dormont Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Hello there Super Awesome Dormont Families and Staffulty,

My, my, my! Today is the last day of January. Where in the world is the time going? Next thing you know, we'll be riding the slide at Dormont Pool. However, before we can get to fun in the sun, we need to make our way through the remainder of this school year. And, boy, do we have a lot more to see...and to experience. 

As a matter of fact, here are a few tidbits of information and activities that have been going on at Dormont Elementary, as well as some information that may be useful. 

MARY POPPIN JR: Mind! Blown! I have to start off with a special shout out to the cast and crew of Mary Poppins. The show was amazing! I'm already geeked out to see what they decide to do next year. I also have to send a SHOUT OUT to Mr. Naser, Ms. Caron, and Mrs. Harkey for their continued efforts in allowing our students, both performing and observing, to have this opportunity. 

JA DAY: Last week, our students participated in JA Day. They learned about entrepreneurship, how to be work- and career-force ready, and how important education is in preparation for being a contributing member of our community. Comcast employees were here to teach our students. It was a really fun day! 

PRINCIPAL'S 200 CLUB: We had another winning row for our Principal's 200 Club. Check out these students who were recognized by their teachers for being safe, responsible, respectful, kind and/or here. 

SCHOOLWIDE PBIS INCENTIVE: Our students have earned over 1,800 blue tickets this year! They crossed their next threshold, and our students participated in a number of grade-level games during PE. Several of the games included members of our staffulty. By the time this newsletter makes its way to your inbox, I hope I'm not laid up in the nurse's station...with an ice pack in hand. #fingerscrossed.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: Registration is now open for the 2020 Battle of the Books and this year's event is open to both 4th & 5th grade students! Get all of the details for this year's friendly competition on theBattle of the Books website.

MR. WERNER’S SOCIAL MEDIA: Feel free to follow me on the following platforms:
Twitter: @principalwerner
Instagram: @wernerkosd
Facebook: Elementary

As always, thank you for all you do for our kiddos and our school. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Mr. Werner

Coming Up at Dormont Elementary
Jump Rope for Heart
Tuesday, February 4 & Wednesday, February 5

Wonderful Wednesday
Wednesday, February 5

100th Day of School
Thursday, February 6

Family Dance
Friday, February 7
6:30 p.m.

Garden Committee & PFO Meetings
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14
Dormont students are dismissed at 11:25 a.m.

School IN Session
Monday, February 17

Myrtle Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello Myrtle Avenue Elementary Families,

We made it to the end of January! The 100th Day of School is Thursday, February 6 and we're looking forward to a fun day of themed activities for some of our youngest students! 

A few reminders for this week - 

Anyone wanting to volunteer at the schools must have updated clearances on file with the District. Clearances are free for volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for at least the past 10 years and they can often be obtained in approved in fewer than 5 business day. Please click here for more information on how to obtain your clearances

The February PFO Meeting has been moved to Monday, February 17. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Large Cafeteria. Please join us! 

Please see the attached letter regarding the deer culling program that will take place in Mt. Lebanon between February 1 and March 31, 2020 - MtLebanonDeerCulling.pdf

Registration is now open for the 2020 Battle of the Books and this year's event is open to both 4th & 5th grade students! Get all of the details for this year's friendly competition on the Battle of the Books website.

January has brought warmer than average temperatures. Please be reminded that students will go outside for recess as long as the temperature is at least 32 degrees and it is dry outside. Please be sure to send appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. 

Also, please do not forget to turn in excuses for absences and, whenever possible, a note from a medical professional is preferred. Excuses must be turned in within three days of an absence. 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary
100th Day of School
Thursday, February 6

Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14
Myrtle students are dismissed at 11:50 a.m. 

School IN Session
Monday, February 17

PFO Meeting
Monday, February 17
7 p.m.  |  Large Cafeteria

Middle School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families,

It was great to meet so many 5th grade families and to see a number of current Middle School families at this week's Curriculum/Scheduling Night! If you weren't able to attend, you can find the 2020-2021 Program of Studies on the District's website. In the coming weeks, we will begin meeting with students to plan their schedule for next school year. Please don't hesitate to reach out to myself or Ms. Harvilla with any questions. 
No Place for Hate Workshop
This week, nearly 30 Middle School students participated in a three-hour anti-bias workshop, facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League, as part of the school’s “No Place for Hate” initiative. Students discussed ways that differences are perceived and how to create an environment where everyone is respected. We’re #KOProud of these student leaders for their thoughtful and respectful participation.

KOMS Career Day
Career Day is scheduled for February 17th (school is in session to make up for the cancellation in September). We encourage as many parents as possible to sign up and be a part of our day when we get to highlight a variety of careers and get our students thinking about areas that interest them. Please download complete the form below and return it to Mr. Lawhead in the middle school office. I hope many of you are able to come and share your work experience with our students! 

KOMS Career Day Parent Letter.pdf

Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link:
You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link:

THANK YOU to our PFO for all they do for us at KOMS!

KOMS Athletics
Stay up to date with schedules and scores of our middle school sports teams using our website:

Coming Up at the Middle School
Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14
Middle School students will be dismissed at 10:55 a.m.

7th & 8th Grade Valentine's Day Dance
Friday, February 14
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  |  Middle School Gymnasium

School IN Session
Monday, February 17

High School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

Don't forget! The High School's annual Scheduling / Curriculum Night has been moved to Thursday, February 20. Guardians of students currently in 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are invited to join us to learn about course offerings and schedules for the 2020-2021 school year. We'll meet in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. 

The 2020-2021 Program of Studies is now available on the District's website and there are some exciting changes, including a new Senior Internship Program and 10 new courses! I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it over before February 20. 

In line with the new internship program, and other job shadowing requirements for students, Community Service & Career Readiness Adviser Heather Scanlon is looking for individuals and companies who are interested in hosting high school students for these opportunities. If you are interested, please complete this form and she will reach out to you to discuss the details. 

Congratulations to these 12 Keystone Oaks High School students who made the 2nd quarter Director's List at Parkway West Career & Technology center! We're #KOProud of your hard work! 

Justin Boehm, EST
Gabriella Ciccone-DeLuca, Veterinary Asst.
Kylie Giuntini, Health Assistant
Hunter Hussak, Public Safety
Kaley Knight, Veterinary Asst.
Amar Kostic, DMM
Cameron Lisle, Auto Body
Blake Mackay, DMM
Jacob Malesky, EST
Adam Serakowski, EST
Courtney Smith, Cosmetology
Tessa Ventura, Cosmetology

Reminder! Club & activity announcements are always available on the High School section of the District's website. This article is updated regularly with new information, so please bookmark this page and check back often.

For day-to-day happenings at Keystone Oaks High School, don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @KOHS_Linnert and to check out the High School's new Snapchat account, Keystone Oaks News. 

Coming Up at the High School

College Fair Field Trip for Juniors
Friday, February 7

Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14

School in Session
Monday, February 17

High School Curriculum Night - for families with students in grades 8, 9, 10 & 11
Thursday, February 20  |  6:30 p.m.  |  High School Cafeteria

PA Smart Grant will allow Keystone Oaks to integrate computational thinking concepts into elementary curriculum
Keystone Oaks School District is one of 163 local education agencies in Pennsylvania that has been selected to receive a $35,000 PA Smart Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The District will use the grant to implement computational thinking concepts throughout elementary classrooms at Aiken Elementary.

Led by building principal Dave Thomas, a team of four teachers will participate in professional development on how to integrate computational thinking into all areas of the curriculum. Those teachers will then train other elementary educators and will work with them to design lessons and activities. Some of the grant funding will also be used to purchase physical computing devices.

More information about the grant is available on the District's website

Keystone Oaks families invited to Feb. 27 Kindergarten Open House
The Keystone Oaks School District will host a Kindergarten Open House for parents/guardians of students entering Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 academic year, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. The Open House is for parents/guardians only.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the District’s Full-Day Kindergarten program and curriculum, student screenings, orientation, and the transition process. Please click here to RSVP for the Open House.

Kindergarten Registration will not open until the Open House on February 27, 2020. Attendees will receive an Enrollment Code to begin the online registration process and will also be asked to schedule an in-person appointment to finalize the required paperwork. 

More information is available on our website

Kindergarten Open House
Entries now being accepted for 2020 Diversity Expression Contest
All Keystone Oaks students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the District’s third annual Diversity Expression Contest. This year, students are asked to submit a writing or work of art that depicts the following theme -

“I like you just the way you are.” Mr. Rogers said it best: Everyone has qualities that make them unique and special. What are the characteristics that define who you are? How do you embrace and celebrate your individuality, as well as the diversity of every member of the Keystone Oaks community, to help build a welcoming, inclusive school environment?

Entries will be accepted through Friday, March 6, 2020. Please visit the District's website for contest details, rules, and to download the entry form. 

Nominate a Keystone Oaks employee for the 2020 Golden Eagle Employee Excellence Award
The Keystone Oaks School District is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Golden Eagle Employee Excellence Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize Keystone Oaks employees who embody the District’s Mission, Vision & Values and who go above and beyond to Build a Foundation of Excellence for all Keystone Oaks students.

The Keystone Oaks Employee Excellence Award strives to recognize employees who are innovative, creative, collaborative, and who are leaders in their classroom, department, building, or within the District. All Keystone Oaks permanent full- and part-time employees are eligible for the award, including administrators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, food service employees, and members of the buildings and grounds department. 

The deadline to nominate an employee is Friday, February 28, 2020. Nominations must be submitted online.

Nominate a Keystone Oaks or Dormont graduate for the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award
The Keystone Oaks School District is accepting applications for the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award through March 20, 2020. The recipients will be recognized during the annual Senior Awards Banquet on May 21.

Please click here to submit an electronic application. A paper application is available for download on the website.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities
Board of School Directors Business/Legislative Meeting     
Tuesday, February 11  |  7 p.m.  |  Board Room       

Early Dismissal for Students
Friday, February 14
Students are dismissed at the following times:

Middle School & High School - 10:55 a.m. 
Dormont Elementary - 11:25 a.m.
Aiken Elementary - 11:35 a.m.
Myrtle Elementary - 11:50 a.m.

School Make-Up Day
Monday, February 17

Contact information for Matthews Bus Garage
For transportation inquiries after regular office hours, please contact Matthews Bus Garage at 412-341-8288. If Matthews is unable to provide assistance, they will contact the Director of Transportation and/or the building principal.

Recent Peachjar Flyers

Peachjar flyers help keep Keystone Oaks families informed about upcoming school activities, fundraisers, and community events. For your convenience, flyers sent via Peachjar are also maintained online for one month after the flyer is sent. You can find Peachjar pages for each school on the District's website:

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